July 4 in DC: Here’s what District officials will close for the holiday

WASHINGTON — D.C. has announced a series of road closures, lane restrictions, service adjustments and other measures ahead of the nation’s birthday party Wednesday.

Many run concurrently with National Park Service plans. Check the list below (and here) before you venture into the District on July 4. And get the latest updates on these preparations from the District website.

Public Safety

D.C. will activate cooling centers for residents or visitors who do not have access to a cool temperature location if a heat emergency occurs.

Residents and visitors can also get important and emergency information from texting JULY4DC to 888777. Anyone experiencing an emergency should call 911, and residents seeking non-emergency city services should continue to call 311.

Road closures

The following roads will be closed from 5 a.m. until approximately 11 p.m.:

  • Theodore Roosevelt Bridge inbound to Constitution Avenue. All traffic will be diverted to the E Street Expressway.
  • Independence Avenue Southwest, from 15th to 23rd streets
  • 23rd Street northbound from Constitution Avenue to Virginia Avenue Northwest; southbound 23rd Street will be allowed to flow and access outbound Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.
  • 22nd Street Northwest, from C Street to Constitution Avenue
  • 21st Street Northwest, from C Street to Constitution Avenue
  • 20th Street Northwest, from C Street to Constitution Avenue
  • 19th Street Northwest, from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue
  • 18th Street Northwest, from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue
  • 17th Street Northwest, from New York Avenue to Constitution Avenue
  • 15th Street Northwest, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue Southwest
  • Henry Bacon Drive Lincoln Memorial Circle to Constitution Avenue Northwest
  • Constitution Avenue, from Sixth to 23rd streets Northwest
  • Arlington Memorial Bridge
  • Southbound Rock Creek Parkway closed at Virginia Avenue Northwest
  • Seventh Street, from Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to Independence Avenue Southwest
  • Fourth Street, from Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to Independence Avenue Southwest
  • Third Street, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue Southwest

Closed from 3 a.m. until approximately 11 p.m.:

  • Third Street from Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to Maryland Avenue Southwest

The Third Street tunnel will remain open for the entire day. The Ninth Street and 12th Street tunnels will be closed during the Independence Day parade, from approximately 11:15 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m.

City services

Lane restrictions

Normal weekday reversible-lane operations will be suspended in the following corridors:

  • Connecticut Avenue Northwest, between Legation Street and Woodley Road
  • Canal Road, between Chain Bridge Road and Foxhall Road Northwest
  • Rock Creek Parkway (controlled by the National Park service)
  • Independence Avenue between Fourth Street Southwest and Second Street Southeast
  • 16th Street Northwest, between Arkansas Avenue and Irving Street

Construction restrictions

All permitted work in D.C. will be suspended from noon Tuesday through Wednesday. Lane closures and work zones are canceled for non-emergency work in roadways, alleys and sidewalks within the District’s right-of-way, including manhole access and construction-related deliveries. Work in the public space may resume during approved, permitted hours on Thursday.

Public transit

Residents, visitors and commuters are strongly encouraged to use public transportation when visiting downtown on Wednesday.

The DC Circulator will implement the following service adjustments on July 4:

  • The National Mall route will be suspended all day.
  • The Eastern Market – L’Enfant Plaza and Congress Heights – Union Station routes will detour to 11th Street Southeast between M Street Southeast and Pennsylvania Southeast from 6 a.m. until noon due to the parade on Barracks Row.
  • The Key Bridge may not be accessible to vehicles immediately after the fireworks on the National Mall conclude due to anticipated heavy pedestrian traffic. In the event of the temporary closure of the Key Bridge, the Dupont Circle – Georgetown – Rosslyn Route will be limited to the D.C. side of the Potomac River.

The DC Streetcar will operate its regular weekday schedule from 6 a.m. until midnight.

Capital Bikeshare will provide a bike corral at the 10th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest station to accommodate the large number of riders expected to use the system. The corral will be available from 3 p.m. until one hour after the fireworks conclude. Riders should consult the Capital Bikeshare mobile app before starting their trip.

The following stations, located within the parade’s secured areas, are accessible but will not be serviced due to road closures:

  • Henry Bacon Drive and Lincoln Memorial Circle Northwest
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • 17th Street and Independence Avenue Southwest
  • Ohio Drive and West Basin Drive Southwest /MLK and FDR memorials
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Jefferson Drive and 14th Street Southwest


Parking meters and enforcement in residential parking, rush-hour lane restrictions and towing abandoned vehicles will not be in effect, except in the following locations:

  • Meters (not impacted by road closures) that are operated by the National Park Service or anywhere that emergency no parking signs are posted along the National Mall.
  • The streets located in the stadium event zone (bounded by the Southeast/Southwest Freeway, Fifth Street Southeast, Delaware Avenue/Second Street Southwest and the Anacostia River) as a result of the event at Nationals Park
  • Along the DC Streetcar line during its hours of operation

Sanitation Services

  • Trash and recycling collections: Trash and recycling collections will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week. This applies to both once-a-week and twice-a-week collection neighborhoods. Trash and recycling containers should be put out for collection no earlier than 6:30 p.m. the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 p.m. on the collection day to avoid sanitation enforcement.
  • Street sweeping: Street sweeping will be suspended Wednesday and resume Thursday.
  • Fort Totten Transfer Station: The Fort Totten Transfer Station, located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive Northeast, will be closed Wednesday and will reopen Thursday at its normal hours of operation.

Recreation centers, pools and fields

All Department of Parks and Recreation administrative offices, recreation/community centers and indoor aquatic facilities will be closed on Wednesday.

  • Most outdoor pools will open 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and spray parks from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Operation hours for Kenilworth Outdoor Pool (4231 Ord St. NE) and Oxon Run Outdoor Pool (501 Mississippi Ave. SE) will be extended to 9 p.m.
  • Only fields that have existing permits will remain available for the permit holders.
  • All fields will be closed.

As a reminder, it is illegal to use fireworks on or at any D.C. Parks and Recreation property, including recreation centers, fields and playgrounds.

Department of Motor Vehicles

All D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles locations will be closed on Wednesday. Regular business hours will resume on Thursday. Customers are encouraged to plan ahead for services requiring an in-person visit to a service center, as customer volume is high before and after a holiday closing.

D.C. Public Library

All D.C. Public Libraries will be closed Wednesday.

Pedestrian entry points

There will be eight entry points along the perimeter through which citizens may enter the National Mall. The pedestrian access points are as follows and open at 10 a.m.:

  • Constitution Avenue Northwest between 23rd Street Northwest and Henry Bacon Drive Northwest
  • Constitution Avenue Northwest and 17th Street Northwest (opens at 2 p.m.)
  • West side of 15th Street Northwest at Madison Drive Northwest (opens at 2 p.m.)
  • West side of 14th Street Southwest at Jefferson Drive Southwest
  • Maine Avenue Southwest and Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest (15th Street Southwest)
  • East Basin Drive just south of the Jefferson Memorial (visitors will not be able to access the National Mall from here)
  • Ohio Drive at Inlet Bridge Southwest
  • West end of Memorial Bridge

Capitol grounds pedestrian entrance points

  • Third and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
  • Third and Maryland Avenue Southwest

Barracks Row Parade road closings

The following roads will be closed from approximately 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.:

  • Eighth Street Southeast from Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast to Virginia Avenue Southeast
  • D Street Southeast from Seventh Street Southeast to Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
  • E Street Southeast from Seventh Street Southeast to Ninth Street Southeast
  • G Street Southeast from Seventh Street Southeast to Ninth Street Southeast
  • I Street Southeast from Seventh Street Southeast to Ninth Street Southeast

Palisades Parade

The following roads will be closed from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.:

  • MacArthur Boulevard from White Have Parkway to Edmunds Place Northwest
  • Sherier Place, NW from MacArthur Boulevard to Edmunds Place Northwest

National Archives July 4 Declaration of Independence reading

  • Constitution Avenue Northwest between Seventh Street Northwest and Ninth Street Northwest from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Jack Pointer

Jack contributes to WTOP.com when he's not working as the afternoon/evening radio writer.

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